Young people in Sunderland have turned over a new leaf to successfully complete a training course.
The latest graduates of the Pupil Librarian Scheme gathered at the Stadium of Light to be presented with their certificates of achievement.
Since it was launched 12 years ago, 667 pupils have qualified as Pupil Librarians through the course administered by the Schools Library Service.
Over the autumn and spring terms each of the young librarians develops a range of transferable skills including organisation, presentation, communication, team work and customer service at the same time as increasing their personal self-confidence.
Sixty nine pupils from nine secondary schools, Castle View, Farringdon, Oxclose, Red House, Sandhill View, St Anthony’s, St Robert’s, Sunderland High and Thornhill, were presented with their certificates by Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly and special guest speakers, including author Alan Gibbons and author and songwriter Keith Gregson.
Coun Kelly said: “I’d like to congratulate all the young people for their hard work in completing the Pupil Librarian Scheme.
“The accredited training provides practical purpose to learning both library and life skills and this presentation is our chance to reward all those pupils who have applied those skills during this last school year.”
Georgia Taylor, a Year 8 pupil at Thornhill School, said: “The Librarian scheme has been challenging yet enjoyable. If I had the chance, I would do it all again. I really enjoy being a pupil librarian.”